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Avoid Buying These Houseplants If You Have Pets at Home

Ensure the safety of your furry friends by carefully selecting the plants you add to your space

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The popularity of indoor plants has grown exponentially over the years and it's showing no signs of slowing down. If you share the house with a couple of furry friends and you fancy adding a pot or two of pretty green wonders at home, choosing the right plants may take some time. It's not uncommon for dogs and cats to munch on leaves from time to time. Although it's okay to keep most plants at home, ingesting it may not favor our four-legged buddies. Before you bring in a new plant or cut flowers you can display, do your research and make sure they're not included in this list of toxic plants: 


Aloe

How can something that’s good for your skin and even your digestive system be harmful for our pets? Well, surprisingly, they are. Although many products that contain aloe can be pet-friendly, this isn’t the case for the actual plant. Aloe Vera, when ingested by animals, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, tremors, and even depression.

Lilies

We commonly see lilies in bouquets and floral arrangements. While a vase of lilies can spruce up an area at home, you may want to reconsider if you have pets—especially cats. There are certain species of lilies, though, that are more harmful than others. Peace, Calla, and Peruvian lilies are considered benign lilies that only cause some irritation in animals’ mouths when ingested. You’ll notice drooling, foaming, difficulty breathing, or some vomiting. The easiest way to ease this irritation is to give them tasty liquids that will flush out the oxalate crystals that cause the discomfort. The lily species to stay away from are called Lilium or Hemerocallis. Some of these lilies include Tiger, Stargazer, and the popular Easter lily, among others. These are absolute no-nos as these can be fatal to pets.

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Pothos

Pothos plants are becoming quite popular—thanks to many home design sites and blogs. Since they’re easy to care for, more and more homes are adopting this cascading green beauty. Be warned though, Pothos plants (or more commonly known as the devil’s ivy), can be harmful to cats and dogs. Pothos contain needle-shaped crystals called raphide that can cause burning irritation in the mouth, throat, and tongue; extreme drooling; difficulty swallowing; and vomiting.


English Ivy

This Pothos lookalike is also a culprit of the toxic kind. Although great for the home because they require little to no maintenance, they are deadly to cats and dogs. Effects of these plants can be mild (difficulty breathing and rash) and quite harmful (paralysis and coma).


Dracaena and Philodendron Plants

Plants from these species are quite common in homes as they are low-maintenance plants that require little sunlight. Just like the other plants on our list, they do more harm than good for both you and your furry friends. Vomiting, digestion and urinary problems, and depression are just some of the causes when ingested.

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